The Noosa  Fishing Report



As at Monday November 15, 2010

Brought to you by... Zego Sports Boats

OFFSHORE: Although the week got off to a blustery start the 15 to 20 south easterlies moderated fairly quickly and by Thursday had dropped to 15 knots and assumed an east nor' east flavour. With the swell hovering around 1.5m to 1.7m, however, conditions were far from ideal. Typically, the mornings were best ahead of the stronger afternoon sea breezes.
Coral Trout
Laguna Bay was still very quiet while around the corner at Sunshine Reef the standout species were parrot fish, moses perch and the odd coral trout. The only other report of any in-close activity was from Arkwright Shoal at the beginning of the week where an 18kg (est) Spanish mackerel was taken on a live yakka floater. A bit further out, North Reef was the pick of the bunch, producing plenty of small (and mostly juvenile) cobia, squire, Maori cod, venus tusk fish, pearl perch, moses perch and, as you can see by the accompanying photos, coral trout and mahi mahi. Scott Scovira from Denver, Colorado (above) hit the jackpot at North Reef on Saturday when his squid bait was jumped by a 6kg 'Trout'. He was on a 3/4 day Trekka 1 charter at the time and was delighted to have attracted this elusive species with such an every day bait.
Mahi Mahi or Dolphin Fish
And the morning before, Ray Ebel (above), who was visiting Noosa from Adelaide, was fishing North Reef on a half day Cougar One charter when his live yakka bait was monstered by the 6.5kg mahi mahi or dolphin fish he's pictured with.
Amberjack
Not many boats ventured beyond the middle reef belt this week but on Sunday, Noosa Blue Water Charters took a punt and headed out to The Barwon Banks. It wasn't glassed out but was quite fishable and they got their clients onto hussar, red throat emperor, moses perch, parrot fish to 3.5kg and the 5.2kg amberjack that Neville Binns (above) is posing with.


ONSHORE: The coastal surf beaches were pretty much a non event this week with 'weed' on the North Shore making a nuisance of itself. There were no reports of fishing activity from that area and the only feedback from the east side was from the Sunrise Beach to Castaways Beach stretch where whiting (to 37cm) and a few dart were on the bite.
Flathead
The estuary system was extremely quiet this week with hardly any surface activity at all. Most of the action, in fact, came from the waters from the Woods Point down to the river mouth where bream, a few average size whiting, the odd tailor to 1.5kg and flathead (in good numbers and size) were on the bite, especially around first light and from dusk onwards. Joel Greig (above) was fishing in that area late on Saturday afternoon with Bob Jeynes from Davo's Compleat Angler when his slow retrieved Gladiator Prawn soft plastic lure was engulfed by a thumper 85cm Lizard'. After a quick pic the big female was released back into the river and the guys went on to catch and release half a dozen more.
Queenfish
There wasn't much else happening apart from the odd luderick on live yabby in Noosa Sound, mud crabs in Weyba Creek and Eenie Creek and, as you can see by the photo above, queenfish in Noosa Waters. Reece McAdam caught and released this unweighted, unmeasured 'skinny' in the canals earlier in the week using a pilchard cube as his draw card.
On the freshwater scene the Borumba Dam saratoga were responding well to Anthrax surface lures around 'Eagles Nest'.


A lot of the video footage we film around Noosa for our CH7 TV fishing reports never gets used, simply because of air time limitations.

It's still topical, though, so we thought you all might like to view what's been happening on the water this week.

We'll do this whenever we have time and space.

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